Read Zaina’s Vancouver Sun Run experience here!
“New Personal Best!!!
The 50,000 person 10km Vancouver Sun Run was incredible!! Not only did I run my new personal best time of 43 minutes 45 seconds but I ran my first 3km under 4mins/km, which is a pretty big deal for me.
The start line was crowded with tens of thousands of people, consuming their last shots of energy drinks and sport chews, lacing up their shoes and checking their heart monitors.
A band sung Brown-Eyed Girl followed by a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and as the gun went off thousands made a dash forward. I was elbowed in the gut three or four times before I got to the first km check point and from there on, those who had started too fast fell back.
By the third km, most people had paced out and I felt that it was a good time for me to start my slow and steady pacing and breath pattern.
My favourite part of the route was a 2km stretch along the sea wall. The water was calm and pastel blue. It was overcast and all I could see was a sea of white tee-shirts all around me, the sound of my own breath and the steps of thousands on the pavement. It was spectacular.
The entire route was covered with hundreds of people watching, cheering and taking photographs of the runners as we passed.
Although I ran faster than normal for my first 3kms, I felt strong and energetic throughout the race and once I passed the 9km mark, I had the strength to take it up a notch and finish strong. Waiting at the finish line was my biggest fan, my gorgeous fiancee, armed with a camera, a bottle of water, and my clean yogurt parfait! He plans to do the run with me next year.
I am so happy with my time, given that it is a new personal best and that I was weaving in and out through people which probably added extra seconds. Overall, it was a great run and an awesome way to celebrate fitness and health! Oh, and the best part was at the end of my run, when Lance Armstrong came onto my Nike + and congratulated me on a new personal best time, woot woot!
For all of the participants in the Get Fit Fast Spring Run Challenge, I would love to hear how your run went. For those of you interested in getting started into running, feel free to follow the Get Fit Fast Spring Run Training Programs under my running page, to get you running and in top shape for the summer!!”